Monday, May 09, 2005

10 more hours

After 10 PM tonight I will be free to think about my oboe ALL THE TIME (at least until September)! I have to keep reminding myself of this. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

After almost 5 days of studying chemistry I think I'm starting to feel a little nutty. *makes a crazy face*



dulciana said...

I'd much rather be thinking about music than chemistry, too! Chem. was the subject I enjoyed the least in school. So who did I marry? A chemistry major... :)

Toni said...

Oh wow, lucky you!! I work full time so I never seem to have all the time I want to pratice my oboe.

Patty said...

Just thinking about thinking about chemistry makes me crazy! ;-)

So is it over yet?

Waterfall said...

Yay!!!! I know how you feel ... my last day at work is Thursday, and after my hike, I'm going to be able to devote a HUGE chunk of my summer to piano, Bach, and Chopin. It's a good feeling, isn't it!!

Hilda said...

I'm freeeeeeee!

Hahah. My husband is not a Chem major unfortunately. Otherwise I would have had a nice private tutor.

I'm in the midst of trying to figure out what to do with my career. I was pre-med when I entered college back in 1992. I didn't do well in Organic Chemistry and so I decided to drop the program. That's when I switched to Music major/Computer Science minor. I didn't anticipate just how much I would enjoy the formal music training. During my senior year I accepted the first job offer I got in computers (the field was taking off big time at that point). I also started playing the saxophone. I figured I'd have some fun with music for a while and then revisit the whole career thing later on. Well, now it's been almost 9 years since I graduated. I love music more and more every day but I hate my job more than ever. Actually, I don't even think I want to call it hate. At this point I am just numb to it. So all this has led me to realize that I do need to address my career "issue". I can't expect to keep working at something I care so little about for another 30 years.

The thought of working in the medical field never left my mind since I dropped pre-med and that led me to enroll in a "post bacc" program. These programs allow you to take (or in my case, re-take) the pre-med required courses which are a year each of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Organic Chemistry (and the labs). So right now I'm working full-time while doing the program part-time. I'm officially half way done (Physics and Chem) and am registered to go full-time in September to take Organic and Bio.

I do enjoy the sciences very much. But not as much as Music. But as an adult learner living off music is not really an option (unless I go into teaching which is still a possibility) and I can't afford to not work at all because this area is very expensive. So I've decided to complete the pre-med program in hopes that I can find a nitch in the medical field that would allow me the time I want for music (about 20 hours a week or so). Almost everyone tells me that once I'm done with the training part of a medical career, that I can carve my own path. But I am kind of worried that by then I'd be a changed person. Regardless I've decided to quit the job this summer and devote myself to school and music from Sept. 05 - May 06. Hopefully the time off from this place will give me the clarity I need to make my decision. If by the end of the program I've decided against the medical field then most likely I'll try to get certified to be a high school science (and/or music) teacher.

I'm trying not to think about those decisions right now because I just want to enjoy my summer. I do still have to work full-time but all my evenings and weekends can be devoted to music. I just want to see where this all takes me. This is going to be the best summer yet in my adult life!

Have a wonderful day!